The boys at Westbrook Farm Home for Boys in Queensland’s southeast sleep in open wards.
The dormitories are connected to a main dining room where they gather for meals. The superintendent and his wife keep watch over the Home’s inhabitants. The boys are encouraged to participate in outside sports to maintain contact with the community and are responsible for their own garden plot, from which they sell vegetables and flowers.
The boys are also taught agricultural skills and dairy farming in this self-sufficient farm home.
In the 1960s, the Westbrook Farm Home for Boys changed its name to the Westbrook Training Centre. In 1986, another shift in emphasis saw it renamed again as the Westbrook Youth Detention Centre. It eventually closed in 1994.